Track and Field Teams Compete at Rose-Hulman Engineer Invitational
Sunday, February 01, 2009
TERRE HAUTE, IN—A group of Calvin men’s and women’s track and field athletes competed at the Rose-Hulman Engineer Invitational on Saturday with several athletes posting strong performances. A highlight for both Calvin teams was the performance of their distance medley squads.
On the women’s side, Calvin’s distance medley relay team of junior Elizabeth Smit (Kirkland, WA), junior Heather Koning (Kalamazoo Christian HS), freshman Kaitlin Diemer (South Christian HS) and senior Lauren Bergstrom (Rochester, MN) took first place with a time of 12:21.76. On the men’s side, Calvin’s distance medley relay squad of sophomore Alex Wrobel (Arden Hills, MN), senior Jared Cok (Bozeman, MT), freshman Colin Vance (Fort Wayne, IN) and senior Jed Christiansen (Greenville, PA) took first in a time of 10:27.05.
In the men’s 5,000 meters, sophomore Jake Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH) took first place with a time of 15:23.15. Other notable performances for the Calvin men included a third place finish by junior (Fargo, ND) in the high jump (6-3 3/4), a third place finish by senior Corey Velgersdyk (Bloomington, MN) in the long jump (19-9 3/4), a third place finish by senior Nate DeHaan (South Christian HS) in the 3,000 meters (8:51.03) and a third place finish by Cok in the 400 meters (50.72).
Other notables for the Calvin women included a first place finish by Koning in the 400 meters (58.99), a third place finish by senior Kristen Van Sickel (Pittsburgh, PA) in the 400 meters (1:01.48) and a second place finish by senior Julie Bratt (Lynden, WA) in the triple jump (35-5).
Both Calvin track and field teams will now prepare to compete at the Grand Valley Open next Friday beginning at 4:00 p.m.